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March
22nd

South Sound Spotlight on Little Bill & the Bluenotes


Little Bill Engelhart is a Tacoma legend since, among other things, he and the Bluenotes pretty much started the rock scene as we know it in these parts, way back in the mid-50s. And considering how influential the bands that followed in Little Bill & the Bluenotes’ wake were (the likes of the Ventures, the Sonics and the Fabulous Wailers), Engelhart indirectly helped launch rock scenes in a bunch of other places, too. So, just to get you in the mood for the Little Bill tribute that’s scheduled for Saturday (March

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March
14th

South Sound Spotlight on Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies


Members of Olympia’s Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies are on the bill for a benefit for Randy Oxford band drummer Riky Hudson, who recently suffered a stroke. It’s Sunday (March 15) at Jazzbones. Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers, Junkyard Jane’s Leanne Trevalyan, Too Slim & the Taildraggers are also on the bill. Click here for more details.

April
23rd

South Sound Spotlight on Outtasite

Who: Outtasite is the stage name for Seattle-born, Federal Way-based rapper Mike Singleton


Style: Don’t call it "rap rock" or "nu metal." Outtasite’s blend of agro riffs and street savvy rhymes is inspired by early Run DMC, not Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock. .


In his own words: Listen up here.


You may also know him from years of collaborating with Seattle rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot and Seattle supergroup Subset (Mix-A-Lot and the Presidents of the United States of America). Plus, he’s half of Seattle alt-pop outfit, the Feelings Hijackers, with the

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March
18th

South Sound Spotlight on Girl Trouble


Well, something weird that’s beyond my level of technological comprehension happened to our blog server last week. And that’s why it’s taken me a few days longer than expected to upload those Girl Trouble interview clips promised in last Friday’s paper. But after a quick meeting with one of our web gurus, here they are.


My interview with Girl Trouble singer-saxophonist Kurt "K.P." Kendall, drummer Bon Von Wheelie and guitarist Bill "Kahuna" Henderson was to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Ft. Steilacoom College battle of the bands competition that they

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Feb.
7th

South Sound Spotlight on Mono in VCF


Home base: Mostly Tacoma, though singer Kim Miller hails from Bellevue


Lineup: The live band includes Miller, Hunter Lea (guitar, keyboards), Jordan Luckman (bass), Jason Falk (drums), Martin Feveyear (keyboards), George Reed-Harmon (guitar) and Scott Clarke (percussion, keyboards)


Style: The band’s new, self-titled album features moody, cinematic pop that bridges the gap between Nancy Sinatra and early Goldfrapp.


Hear ‘em online: At www.monoinvcf.com or www.myspace.com/monoinvcf


See ‘em next: At the band’s CD release party Sunday at the Triple Door in Seattle


Big changes:

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Jan.
10th

South Sound Spotlight on Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor


Home base: Tacoma


Style: Smooth jazz, funk, fusion


Discography: "Good Is Good" (2004), "Taylor Made" (2005), "Songs from a Taylor" (2007)


Influences: Taylor describes the evolution of his style from being more flashy, flamboyant and rock-influenced in his younger days to the more refined smooth jazz approach fans hear today. "When I was younger, I loved the Beatles, Chuck berry and Wes Montgomery. … As I got older and I got into my 20s and 30s, I got bored with certain types of music, and that lead me into the George Benson, Wes Montgomery

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June
27th

South Sound Spotlight on One FAMM Records

What: A Tacoma-based R&B and hip-hop label; the acronym stands for One Family Always Makes Money.


Founded: 1999


Mission: In the words of CEO Theo "Mr. Network" Hall


Current roster: R&B singer Dwayne D’Arby (think Anthony Hamilton, David Hollister) and rapper, the Factor


Live: D’Arby and the Factor perform with artists from Port Orchard’s Mastermynd Entertainment, at Midweek Affair, a Wednesday night event at McCabe’s, and Soul Fusion, Fridays at Syren Lounge. They’ll also perform at Paul Wall’s after party tonight at the Loft.


Hall is also looking

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